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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in Seattle

The OpenTable team

Hold up a mirror to the Puget Sound, or the surrounding mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and in it you’ll see what makes the Seattle food scene so special: from great ingredients comes great restaurants. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to waterfront views, from perfect omakase counters to restaurants that double as circus acts—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Loulay, Mamnoon, Westward
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary French / American, Middle Eastern, Northwest
Neighborhoods:Downtown, Capitol Hill / First Hill, Wallingford
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Loulay

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown
2,433 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
Loulay is named for chef Thierry Rautureau’s tiny hometown of of Saint-Hilaire-de-Loulay, and he certainly does his it proud. This is French brasserie cooking at its finest—think pRead more
94% recommended
113 people mentioned the Beignets

Mamnoon

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
889 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
It’s hard to make a restaurant that feels both comfortable and upscale, and Mamnoon manages to be both at once. This is modern Mediterranean food that’s as elegant as it is cravablRead more
93% recommended
23 people mentioned the Pita
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Westward

$$$$·Northwest·
Wallingford
810 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
There are few spots in Seattle where you can get both a great meal and a great view, and Westward is one of them. Here, you can dine on chef Zoi Antonitsas’s excellent food—we’d deRead more
94% recommended
Scenic View in Seattle / Eastern Washington
10 people mentioned the Lamb Shoulder
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Spinasse

$$$$·Italian·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,408 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
There’s no shortage of great Italian restaurants in Seattle, but Spinasse consistently shines as one of the brightest. Come here for superlative dishes like hand-cut tajarin with bRead more
92% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington
144 people mentioned the Tajarin
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San Fermo

$$$$·Italian·
Ballard / Fremont
527 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy
Housed in a historic home in Ballard that’s been preserved since the 1800s, San Fermo is undoubtedly a special restaurant. Grab a spot on the ivy-covered wraparound porch and dine Read more
93% recommended
Romantic in Seattle / Eastern Washington
7 people mentioned the Cioppino

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

$$$$·American·
Downtown
4,185 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
You know the scene in Beauty and the Beast when Belle enters the beast’s soaring, book-lined library? If you’re a wine lover, you’ll feel the same way walking into Purple Cafe and Read more
91% recommended
86 people mentioned the Lobster Mac Cheese

Tallulah's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
530 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date
Tallulah’s is one of those restaurants that is effortlessly almost-vegetarian; you can make a delicious, satisfying meal out of chef Laura Derschang’s vegetables, and leave full anRead more
96% recommended
Healthy in Seattle / Eastern Washington
12 people mentioned the Lamb Burger

Stoneburner

$$$$·Italian·
Ballard / Fremont
955 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Dining at Stoneburner, the restaurant on the ground floor of the Hotel Ballard, is a regal experience: the wood-paneled room and leather chairs evoke a feeling of importance, of grRead more
95% recommended
12 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
4,476 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
When Wild Ginger opened almost 30 years ago, the food scene in America was markedly different: there were few sushi bars, few ramen joints, few places to eat Korean barbecue. Wild Read more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington
134 people mentioned the Satay

Sushi Kappo Tamura

$$$$·Japanese·
Lake Union / Eastlake
1,103 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
It’s easy for sushi restaurants to feel serious, quiet, austere. Not Sushi Kappo Tamura. Here, it’s clear that chef Taichi Kitamura and the rest of the staff are having a great timRead more
89% recommended
Japanese in Seattle / Eastern Washington
64 people mentioned the Omakase

The Pink Door

$$$$·Italian·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
4,208 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
There’s no place quite like The Pink Door. This is part circus, part cabaret, part live-music venue, and part Italian restaurant, all found within Seattle’s historic Pike Place MarRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Seattle / Eastern Washington
62 people mentioned the Cioppino
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Poppy

$$$$·Northwest·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,457 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
Poppy is a restaurant that could only exist in Seattle; chef Jerry Traunfeld melds together French technique, Northwest ingredients, and the Indian tradition of thali, a tray of 10Read more
89% recommended
Healthy in Seattle
373 people mentioned the Thali

Lark

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
866 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Lark was one of the pioneer restaurants of the Seattle farm-to-table movement, and it’s just as good as ever. This is cooking that truly celebrates where its food comes from, and aRead more
83% recommended
Contemporary American in Seattle / Eastern Washington
12 people mentioned the Hamachi Crudo

Cafe Campagne

$$$$·French·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
1,892 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Smack in the middle of Pike Place Market you’ll find Cafe Campagne, a classic French brasserie that’s been churning out duck confit, beef tartare, and steak frites since 1994. The Read more
97% recommended
40 people mentioned the French Toast

Terra Plata

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,870 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
Terra Plata bills itself as an “earth-to-plate restaurant”—hence the name—and their menu reflects their ethos: dishes like risotto with wild mushrooms, leek-and-manchego gratin, anRead more
90% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Seattle / Eastern Washington
88 people mentioned the Paella

The Whale Wins

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
388 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
There’s a reason The Whale Wins is one of Seattle’s most acclaimed and talked-about-restaurants: James Beard Award–winning chef Renee Erickson’s food is some of the best in town. TRead more
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle
18 people mentioned the Zucchini Bread

Joule

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
635 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Yes, Joule has a section of the menu dedicated to steak, but that doesn’t make it your average steakhouse. This is chefs Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s take on a Korean steakhouse,Read more
90% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
55 people mentioned the Rice Cake
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Vendemmia

$$$$·Italian·
Leschi / Madrona / Madison Park
517 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
When Vendemmia opened in 2015, it was quick to top the lists of some of Seattle’s best Italian spots. And though it has that neighborhood-gem feel, it still retains its best-in-claRead more
91% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Seattle / Eastern Washington
11 people mentioned the Hamachi

Le Messe

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Lake Union / Eastlake
209 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
When it comes to Italian food, chef Brian Clevenger, the man behind Vendemmia and Raccolto, certainly knows what he’s doing. Enter Le Messe, his newest project in Eastlake, anotherRead more
91% recommended
6 people mentioned the Tagliatelle

Blueacre Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
2,572 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Seattle is one of the best places in the country to find fresh, high-quality seafood, and Blueacre Seafood does its bounty justice. This is a swanky spot, done up in whites and bluRead more
84% recommended
Great for Lunch in Seattle
90 people mentioned the Black Cod